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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Guerra enters Alford Plea in child sex case

  • A Dodge City man has entered an Alford Plea in a case involving the sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl.
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  • A Dodge City man has entered an Alford Plea in a case involving the sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl. Aroldo Guerra-Garcia, 26, entered the plea on two counts: aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. By entering an Alford Plea, a defendant asserts his innocence but also admits there is sufficient evidence against him. A charge of rape against Guerra-Garcia was dismissed. Through the help of a translator, Guerra-Garcia waived his right to appeal the charges and said he realized he was also waiving his right to a trial. A trial was originally scheduled for the end of this month. His charges stem from a July 2012 incident when Guerra-Garcia was caring for the child while her mother was sick. Prior to Guerra-Garcia's arrest this summer, wanted posters were distributed throughout Dodge City and a search was launched because Dodge City Police were concerned he was trying to flee the area, according to Police Chief Craig Mellecker. He was arrested in Shamrock, Texas, July 14. Judge Daniel Love, who presided over the hearing, also continued Guerra-Garcia's bond and made note of a current Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Hold on him. The hold is in place because Guerra-Garcia is in the United States illegally. Once such a hold is in effect, ICE agents interview the inmate and ultimately decide whether deportation proceedings should be initiated. During Wednesday's hearing, Guerra-Garcia said he is originally from Guatemala. The Globe does not publish the names of victims in sexual assault cases. Two Dodge City women were arrested along with Guerra-Garcia for allegedly aiding in his escape attempt. Bertha Leticia Rayo and Krystal Galindo were both initially charged with obstructing the apprehension of prosecution and interfering with a law enforcement officer. Rayo listed Guerra-Garcia as her former husband on Ford County Court documents. She plead guilty to interfering with a law enforcement officer Aug. 2; the other charges against her were dismissed. She was sentenced to 11 months in prison Oct. 3. Galindo is scheduled for a jury trial in April. She has plead not guilty to two counts of interfering with law enforcement and an amended charge of aiding a felon and is out on bond. Follow Abigail on Twitter, @Abigail_dcglobe.

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